Concert- and Oratorio Singer
Possessing a vaste ability in
modifying her voice into many, even opponent characters, the soprano
easily makes the audience feel the ample variety of diffrent colourful
affects of a baroque composition. Main ambition of her interpretations is
to find out how her own feeling leads her through a piece, how an intended
affect could be filled with own emotion and than be transferred to a
Being familiar with singing
since her childhood, Gundula Anders first studied musical education, organ,
theology and German in her hometown Frankfurt upon Main. She subsequently
studied singing with René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum in Basle. Courses
with Emma Kirkby, Jessica Cash and Peter Elkus completed her studies.
In addition to her solo
activities as an oratorio singer, Gundula Anders mainly worked on 17th
and 18th century music together with musicians like Philippe
Herreweghe, Jordi Savall, Konrad Junghänel, Thomas Hengelbrock, and
ensembles like Musica Fiata Köln, Freiburger Barockorchester, Balthasar
Neumann Choir, Cantus Cölln, she made concert tours in the whole of
Europe, Israel and North Africa. But she also works on contemporary music.
So she sang works by Heinz Holliger, Arvo Pärt, Volker Staub, Heiner
Goebbels under the composers’ leadership.
Gundula Anders is particulary interested in the 16th to 18th
century song repertoire, which she frequently features in concert
programmes together with various partners. Her work is documented by
numerous radio, TV and CD recordings, for example the CD “Sigismondo
d’India” together with Sigrun Richter and Hille Perl, or together with
Ensemble Sequentia music of Hildegard von Bingen. In 2001 together with
other singers Gundula Anders founded the“German Chamber Choir”
(Deutscher Kammerchor) that performs together with ensembles like Deutsche
Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Concerto Köln, La Stagione Frankfurt or
Gundula Anders teaches historical singing at the College of Music and
Drama in Leipzig and gives courses in Early Music.
Her interpretation – unpretensious, sovereign, sensitive and
distinguished – was very convincing, as well as her vivid musical
rhethoric, and her polished and sense giving ornaments and coloratura.
Really an eloquent argument for Sigismondo fourhundred years after his
Zeitung, programme: Sigismondo d'India
This entire dynamic, tension
and accusation found its perfect expression by Gundula Anders’ way of
singing. The soprano was not only convincing by her technical
brilliance but as well by her own interpretation.
Zeitung, programme: Sigismondo d'India
Virtuos coloratura and ornaments were easily sung by Gundula Anders, she
made little use of her cultivated vibrato placed on purpose, she possesess
a wide variety of dynamic artistic means, she showes convincing
artistic forms on affects.
Zeitung, music by Cl. Monteverdi and contemporaries
Gundula Anders and Marek Rzepka were
fighting a musical duel on highest level.
programme: G. Ph. Telemann: Der neumodische Liebhaber Damon
DYING BECAUSE OF LOVE IS
CRAZINESS: ... So wonderful Gundula Anders was singing, so wonderful she
was accompanied by Julian Behr and his chitarrone. … Songs from love
pain and desperation – more painful than death … performed with
passion. The audience was absolutely fascinated and at the end of the
concert the applause did not come to an end.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, programme: 17th century Basso Ostinato
4 3 musicians
4Del cielo d’amor
4 2 musicians
am Weimarischen Musenhof
4 5 musicians
4Le Sommeil d’Ulisse (Odysseus' SLEEP)
Del Cielo d'Amor - Le Musiche di Sigismondo d'India
with Sigrun Richter, Arciliuto, Chitarrone and Hille Perl, Viola da Gamba, Lirone
carpe diem 16259
» But Anders herself dares to go to some extreme: she places the different timbres of her voice according to the text, feels very free in using tempo and different dynamics, and all this gives her the possibility to show the affects within this music. So a listener is able to really feel a lamento’s theatrical suggestion.
» With a very clear voice and an immense ability of feeling for the music, Gundula Anders knows how to show the great dramatic power of this rich music, wonderfully accompanied by Richter and Perl. You can hear that the three musicians enjoy every fine subtlety and unexpected changes. The golden combinition of technical brilliance and intensive, rousing interpretation makes the listener stuck to the speakers for 70 minutes.